How to Help at Home
- Make sure that your child is able to manage independently in the toilet, encourage them to go by themselves and only help when they really need it.
- Remind children to pull shorts and underwear all the way down when using the toilet, this will help them to keep their clothes dry.
- Encourage your child to wash and dry their hands at home with soap. They need to be completely independent doing this as they wash their hands all the way through the nursery day, e.g. after using the toilet, before having snack, after painting, etc.
- Practice opening and closing lunch boxes with your child. There are always two members of staff on hand to help the children during snack time, however, they need to be as independent as possible in this area.
- Encourage your child to get dressed and undressed, to take off and put on their socks and shoes independently. Again, there are always staff members to help, however, it is vital that the children begin to manage this independently as we go through the FS1 year.
- Encourage your child to share their toys when playing with friends or siblings.
- Encourage your child to take turns with others at home, making sure that they are beginning to learn that they cannot always have the first turn and that others need a turn too.
- Encourage your child to use simple words to express their feelings, rather than just actions.
- Talk to them about what they can do if they are worried or unsure, reminding them that the teachers are always there to help.
- Write a 'WOW' slip for your child on a regular basis. We celebrate these 'WOW's in class and they are invaluable in raising the childrens' self-esteem.
- Communicate with your child's teacher if there is anything she should know that might affect your child's behaviour / well being in school.